Driving Experience of a lifetime

Post date: 
Friday, 13 May 2016
Category: 
your voice

When I was a small boy my father got his first car. I used to sit beside him in the front. He would let me move the gear levers, and I thought: “This is great! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to sit behind the wheel… but I’ll never do it.”

And I never did. I didn’t let it get me down, and I wasn’t miserable, but it came into my mind every now and then.
 
Well, it actually happened a year or two ago. By this time my wife had died and I had no car. I happened to mention to a visiting Leonard Cheshire carer about wanting to drive, and he picked it up and spoke to a local instructor.
 
There’s an old air strip near where I live, which was used for sea planes during the war. It’s now used by young drivers to practice.
 
After thinking about it for 80 years, there I was – behind the wheel, with my foot on the accelerator, reaching a speed of 30 miles per hour. To a driver that doesn’t sound like anything at all, but to me… I was bursting with enthusiasm. It’s a wonder that we didn’t go head on into the loch just beside us!
 
So if a thing looks impossible, just keep it in the back of your mind. Sooner or later, things will fall into place and it will happen.
 
John Cramond, Stranraer
 
With thanks to Leonard Cheshire Disability for the above image. 
 

Driving experiences

If you’d like to give this a go, there are lots of places that offer driving experiences for people with sight loss.
 
These include I Can Experiences – visit icanexperiences.co.uk or call 01869 322 000 – and Speed of Sight – visit speedofsight.org or call 0161 714 4567 to find out more.
 
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